8 items from 2015
It’s an unfortunate, yet seemingly inevitable, Oscars occurrence: Every year, without fail, someone is left out of the “In Memoriam” sequence.
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This year’s offensive exclusion appears to be the late, great Joan Rivers, whose absence from the montage sent the Twitterverse into an immediate tizzy — and rightfully so.
For the record, Rivers appeared in many films during her incredible career in Hollywood, including Muppets Take Manhattan (pictured), Serial Mom, Iron Man 3, Spaceballs, The Smurfs and her own documentary A Piece of Work. She also directed the 1978 comedy Rabbit Test, which starred Billy Crystal and Doris Roberts. »
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After five years in her post, Raimo Kouyate will transition to a producer role with a first-look deal at Spa.
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- Matt Donnelly
The Smurfs franchise is going to be rebooted, but rather than interspersing animation with live-action footage like its predecessors, it will be dedicating itself to just the former. Further details regarding the future of the film series have also been released, as Sony Pictures Animation looks to get it in shape ahead of its summer 2016 release date. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the rebooted Smurfs film will be overseen by director Kelly Asbury, while Mandy Patinkin is currently on the verge of finalizing a deal to voice Papa Smurf (replacing Jonathan Winters, who voiced the beloved character in 2011.s The Smurfs and 2013.s The Smurfs 2). Asbury is regarded as one of the most prominent and reliable animation directors in the business, having risen through the ranks of the animation world. He previously worked on the storyboards for modern classics like Toy Story and The Little Mermaid, but then he »
The new film will ditch the CG 'Smurfs in our contemporary world' setting in favor of a fully animated project that sticks closer to the original cartoon and designs by creator Peyo.
The project will also give a new origin story to the Smurfs. Though the wise paternal leader of the creatures, that will not always be the case with this Papa Smurf.
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- Garth Franklin
Did you know they're making another Smurfs movie? They are, apparently, and Mandy Patinkin is going to star in it. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Patinkin is voicing Papa Smurf in the 2016 film, which will be a "fully animated" Smurfs origin story directed by Gnomeo and Juliet's Kelly Asbury. He's inheriting the role from Jonathan Winters, who voiced Papa Smurf in both The Smurfs and The Smurfs 2, and died in 2013. Like his new character, Patinkin has a soothing manner, can grow a gigantic beard, and is secretly blue underneath all his clothes. »
- Nate Jones
Sony Pictures Animation has brought on Homeland star Mandy Patinkin to voice Papa Smurf in their Untitled Smurfs Movie. Unlike 2011's The Smurfs and 2013's The Smurfs 2, which were live action/CGI animation hybrids, this Smurfs project will be fully animated, sticking closer to the original designs by creator Peyo. The project will give a new origin story to the Smurfs, and, while Papa Smurf is supposed to be "the wise paternal leader" of these tiny blue creatures, that will not always be the case.
Jonathan Winters voiced Papa Smurf in The Smurfs and The Smurfs 2, with Don Messick voicing the character in the original Smurfs animated TV series. Kelly Asbury (Gnomeo and Juliet, Shrek the Third) is directing from a script by Karey Kirkpatrick (The Secret World of Arrietty, Over The Hedge) and Chris Poche (Over The Hedge). Jordan Kerner is producing with Mary Ellen Bauder serving as co-producer. »
You probably know and love Jayma Mays as the adorable Emma Pillsbury from "Glee" or Grace Winslow from "The Smurfs" films, and now you'll be able to catch the actress' voice in all its glory on the new Netflix series, "The Adventures of Puss in Boots." The action-packed animated comedy surrounds the swashbuckling heroic feline as he protects the citizens of the mythical town of San Lorenzo against villains after breaking a magical spell and features a stellar lineup of actors, including accomplished voice actor Eric Bauza and "SNL" vet Laraine Newman. You can also expect great guest stars like John Leguizamo, Maria Bamford, and Danny Trejo along the way.
We caught up with Jayma about her foray into the world of animation. Find out what she has to say about her role as Puss's love interest Dulcinea, what sets the series apart, and her involvement in the final season of "Glee. »
- Alana Altmann
Also Read: Spirit Awards Get Live Broadcast for 30th Anniversary
Read the full release from Film Independent:
Film Independent President Josh Welsh announced today that Fred Armisen and Kristen Bell will co-host the 2015 Film Independent Spirit Awards. The nonprofit, which also produces the Los Angeles Film Festival and Film Independent at Lacma, will hold the 30th annual awards ceremony as a daytime luncheon in a tent on the beach in Santa Monica on Saturday, »
- Matt Donnelly
8 items from 2015
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